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Guests Information and FAQs

Guests FAQs

For 2024 Commencement ceremonies graduates can claim up to eight (8) guest tickets and distribute to their guests. Please visit the guest tickets page for more information.

  • Golden 1 Center now accepts digital or paper tickets, but paper tickets are highly recommended for expedited entry into the venue.
  • If you do choose to bring your tickets on a mobile device, below are some tips:
    1. Turn the brightness of your device's screen up all the way.
    2. If your device's screen is cracked or dirty, please send the tickets with readable QR Codes to another member of your party to scan instead.
    3. Zoom into the QR Code on the ticket, so that it takes up the majority of your screen.

  • Please contact your graduate if you have lost your guest ticket. Graduates that have claimed Commencement guest tickets will have access to electronically forward or resend tickets through the ticketing system.

Yes, please visit on the day of the event to access the livestream feed with closed captioning.

  • Click here for information on SacRT routes and schedules.

  • Guests should plan to enter through Golden 1 Center's Grand Entrance noted on the diagram linked below. Additional guest entrances may be opened up, based on needs.
  • All guest entrances are wheelchair accessible, but guests requiring an accessible entrance may also utilize the Premium Entrance located on L Street (also noted on diagram linked below)
  • Click here for a diagram of all guest entrances at Golden 1 Center.

  • For safety and security reasons, please review Golden 1 Center's list of prohibited items. Please note balloons are not permitted inside Golden 1 Center!
  • Flowers and leis can be purchased through private vendors inside Golden 1 Center.
  • All patrons attending the ceremonies will be wanded by security in addition to bag checks. In the event of rain, graduates and guests are allowed to bring umbrellas into the arena.
  • Please note that Golden 1 Center is now a bagless venue.
    Clutches and wallets smaller than 8” x 6” x 1” will be permitted and are subject to security inspection. Medical and parental bags will be allowed but must go through X-ray security screening.

  • Please visit Golden 1 Center's ADA/Accessibility information webpage for more information.
  • Guests who use wheelchairs/scooters/canes and other mobility devices can use the "Premium Entrance" noted on the G1C diagram, but all entrances are wheelchair accessible.
  • Golden 1 Center has both limited mobility and wheelchair accessible seating. The seating is all general admission and on a first come, first serve basis. Golden 1 Center will make every effort to ensure that all guests requiring ADA seating are accommodated. There is high demand for ADA locations, therefore Golden 1 Center requests one companion per ADA seat, additional people in the party are welcome to find seats near that location. If there are additional questions please contact:
  • If you have questions regarding ADA-related accommodations, please contact

  • Yes. ASL-English interpreters will be present for program interpretation. They will be visible on screens throughout the arena.
  • Live captioning will also be displayed all screens throughout the arena.

  • Guests and graduates will enter Golden 1 Center through separate entrances.
  • Once inside, there will be no option to visit with one another. Please plan accordingly.

  • No outside food/beverages are allowed into Golden 1 Center.
  • Baby food is permitted.
  • Concessions may be open during ceremonies. Mobile ordering of food and drinks will be available through the Sacramento Kings + Golden 1 Center apps.

  • Commencement guests should be aware that all Commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed, recorded, and photographed heavily for the University's use on social media channels, website, and future printed materials.
  • A professional photographer from GradImages will take graduate photographs during the ceremony.
  • Guests are permitted to take photographs and video from the stands, but not on the arena floor.

  • After the ceremony, guest and graduates can meet outside Golden 1 Center.
  • Guests are not permitted on the arena floor.

Health and Safety Protocols

Sacramento State recommends that all students, staff, faculty, and visitors be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Large events, such as Commencement, pose a risk to those who are not vaccinated.

Per California Department of Public Health guidelines, masks are no longer required indoors, but are highly recommended for large events, such as Commencement. We welcome graduates and guests to bring their own masks. Golden 1 Center has hand sanitizing stations throughout the venue. Disposable masks will be made available at the Grand Entrance Concourse for guests that forget to bring a mask. Graduates that need a mask can visit the PPE table located near the entrance to the arena floor.

Golden 1 Center does not require proof of negative test or vaccination status to enter the arena.

Please note, COVID-19 event guidelines can change up until the day of the event. If you are sick or experiencing symptoms of illness, please refrain from attending in person. Every Commencement ceremony will be livestreamed and viewable online for those unable to attend. Livestream feed will be available via the Commencement Home Page at each ceremony's start time.